Leila Sadat is one of the country's leading experts in international and comparative law. She is the author of more than three dozen articles and several books on international criminal law and justice, terrorism, crimes against humanity, French law and European Union Law. From May 2001 until September 2003 Sadat served as Commissioner on the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom. The Commission, which was established by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, reviews the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom presented in the State Department's Reports on Human Rights Practices and other sources and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. Sadat has been very involved in the effort to establish a permanent international criminal court. Named to chair the International Law Association (American Branch) committee on the court in 1995, which grouped most of the leading experts in the field, she has authored or edited several monographs on the Court both in her capacity as chair, and writing individually. In addition, she was an NGO delegate to the conference preparatory committee and to the 1998 United Nations diplomatic conference in Rome at which the court was established. Her seminal article on the Court, The New International Criminal Court: An Uneasy Revolution, was published in the March 2000 issue of the Georgetown Law Journal. Her recent book on the international criminal court, The International Criminal Court and the Transformation of International Law: Justice for the New Millennium, was supported by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace.
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